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Automotive Technology

To some people cars are just transportation. But to you, cars are high-performance machines—art on wheels! You not only understand what makes cars run, you have the drive to make cars run at peak levels. Take your love of cars to the next step.

Turn the key and listen to the engine. You know what high performance sounds like: no whining, no hesitation—just pure, smooth power. Diagnose, tune, and rebuild engines as you prepare for post-secondary education in this dynamic field.

What will my classes be like?

ASE-certified instructors help you build skills in computerized engine controls; engine tune-up and lubrication; brakes; electrical, fuel, cooling, and exhaust systems; steering and alignment. In the second year, move up to diagnostics and engine building. Qualifying students have the opportunity to participate in Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) - a factory-sponsored training program that combines learning at TCD with an internship through an area dealership.
TCD Automotive Technology is an ASE and NATEF certified  program, supported by Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES).
Chris Roberts - Program Coordinator
Ryan Decker
Cayla Fuechsl
Mike Hagan
Ray Schmude
Stuart Behrman - Parts Technician


The topics below are among the essential skills for this program. This is not a comprehensive list of all available skills and goals, but given to show the scope of the curriculum. Changes may occur year to year based on industry input, change in focus, or other factors. Please contact the program instructor or coordinator for additional information.

Shop Safety

Related Shop Skills
  • Orientation
  • Manuals and parts catalogs
  • Automotive math skills (decimals, fractions, measurements)
  • Automotive electricity
  • Standard/Metric bolt identification
Tool & Equipment Management
Introduction to 4 Stroke Cycle
Automotive Electrical System
Heating & Air Conditioning
Engine Ignition System
Engine Design & Operation
  • Principles of Engine Operation (NATEF)
  • Engine block diagnosis and repair
  • Cylinder heads & valve train
Emission Control System
Engine Cooling System
Suspension & Steering
4-Wheel Alignment
Braking System
  • Brake system theory and operation (NATEF)
  • Diagnosis and repair: anti-lock, hydraulic, disc, drum
Tire and Wheel Service
Chassis & Engine Lubrication
Exhaust System
Automatic & Manual Transmission/Drive Train
Fuel Management
Computerized Electronic Engine Controls
Engine Diagnostics
  • Engine performance: principles, testing, service
  • Engine diagnosis: removal and reinstallation
  • Mitchell-On-Demand research
 Employment Skills
  • Career assessment
  • Résumé & Portfolio Development
  • Application, interview, job search